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CD Burner can write, but not read!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DPanMan, Sep 27, 2003.

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  1. DPanMan

    DPanMan Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a Micro Advantage 52x-42x-52x CD-RW drive. In device manager its name is CDWRITER IDE5224. Its the kind you get at OfficeMax for 10$ after rebate...

    Before when I had Windows ME, the drive worked fine. The hard drive failed so I replaced it and installed XP. At first worked fine still, because I had to install a lot of stuff from CD's. I do not remember exactly when, but the drive stopped being able to read CD's

    When I put in a CD, the drive spins up, the mouse cursor changes to working in background, and the name of the drive under My Computer changes from "CD-RW Drive" to "CD Drive". However, it does not show the title of the CD, and it shows its used/total size as 0 bytes/0 bytes. If I click on it it says "Please insert CD in to drive D:" I have tried many CD's of different types (the silver original ones, CD-R's, CD-RW's), and its all the same problem

    The interesting thing is that I am able to burn CD's with Nero just fine. After the CD is ejected and I put it in again, it still cannot be read.

    Device manager says its working properly. I did not update any drivers.

    How could this be??

    Thanks a lot,
    -Dan
     
  2. mobo

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    There are two haeds (read and write). The read may be on its way out or dirty. You can try a laser lens cleaner as an option..
     
  3. n2gun

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    Dan
    Have you checked the disks (on another machine or drive) you are burning to make sure the data is there?
     
  4. DPanMan

    DPanMan Thread Starter

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    Yes, I checked it, and the data is there on the burned disk.

    BTW how do laser lens cleaners work? Is it like a CD you put in the drive? If so, I thought the CD never touches the head...
     
  5. funkenbooty

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    Is there a website for the CDRW? Maybe it's firmware needs updating.

    http://161.58.98.186/support/

    wow they even have a phone support number
     
  6. mobo

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    Yes the lens cleaner is similar o an audio cd Just insert it and let it go. But you may want to first try deleting the cdrw from device manager then reboot and let windows install it..
     
  7. DPanMan

    DPanMan Thread Starter

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    Thanks all, the problem was fixed after I deleted the drive from device manager, then let XP reinstall it
     
  8. mobo

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    Excellent. now please click the report button and ask the thread to be marked as solved..
     
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